Tajan

Tajan are an auction house based in Paris. They were founded by Jacques Tajan in 1994 who later sold the company in 2000 to LVMH, the luxury goods conglomerate run by Bernard Arnault. In 2004, the firm was acquired by Rodica Seward.

The saleroom hold over 60 sales per year in a wide range of specialist areas, as well as a prestigious annual auction in Monte Carlo.  They have representatives across France as well as in Switzerland and Belgium. 


Leonardo drawing

One Leonardo sold, another caught up in a court battle

12 July 2021

Two Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) drawings created national news last week as Christie’s posted a record for a sketch by the great master in London while a court in Paris is to determine whether another can be legally exported from France.

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Strong demand at Christie’s for a work in Leonardo’s footsteps

05 July 2021

Some of the world’s most famous Old Master paintings have been highly regarded for many centuries, carrying a reputation that has led to them being replicated and copied by other artists – sometimes soon after their creation.

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Primroses, apples and porcelain

03 May 2021

A highlight of the Asian Art sale at Tajan will be this still-life of a pot of primroses, apples and porcelain by Chinese artist Pan Yu Liang (1895-1977).

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Unique Pablo Picasso puppet tile offered at Paris auction

22 February 2021

The Madoura pottery founded by Suzanne and Georges Ramié in Vallauris, a village in the south of France renowned for pottery production, was a popular place for many artists in the post-war years. From 1948-55 Pablo Picasso lived in Vallauris and divided his time between painting and creating ceramics at Madoura.

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Le Pho painting on offer in Paris

23 November 2020

This painting by Le Pho (1907-2001) will be one of the highlights of the Asian works of Art sale to be held by Tajan on December 7 in Paris.

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Lam in the swim of things at Tajan

16 November 2020

Wifredo Lam’s untitled piscine painting from 1974 will be offered in the Modern Art auction to be held by Tajan in its Paris rooms on November 24.

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Art Deco consoles offered at Tajan

26 October 2020

Pictured here is one of a pair of Art Deco consoles by Gilbert Poillerat (1902-88) from c.1938 that will feature in a sale of 20th century Decorative Arts to be held by Tajan in its Paris rooms on November 17.

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Wrapping the Pont Neuf – three times

21 September 2020

Christo (1935-2020) is famous for the series of monumental projects to wrap landmarks around the world undertaken with his wife and collaborator Jeanne-Claude (1935-2008).

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Foujita trio emerges in Paris group

10 August 2020

Tajan (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) held a recent sale offering three paintings by Léonard Tusguharu Foujita (1886-1968).

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Actress Sarah Bernhardt in the frame at Tajan

15 June 2020

This 1890s Japoniste-style photograph frame in brown patinated bronze applied with gilt branches of stylised myosotis is by the Paris firm of Maison Millet.

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Asian art from Paris salerooms

06 January 2020

Every year Paris plays host to a December Asian art auction series with a raft of sales at the Drouot auction centre and at the independent rooms across the French capital.

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Portrait of mystery rich lady

09 December 2019

This portrait by Nicolas Régnier (1588-1657) of a richly attired lady possibly depicts Maria Farnese and appears to have been executed when the artist was in Modena where he painted several portraits of members of the d’Este court.

Pierre Soulages oil on canvas

Market-fresh Pierre Soulages painting brings international competition in Paris auction

04 December 2019

One of the highest auction prices for a painting by Pierre Soulages (b.1919) came in a recent sale held in Paris.

Louis Majorelle and Victor Prouvé piano

Art Nouveau ‘Dying Swan’ piano emerges in Paris auction

13 May 2019

The upcoming Decorative Arts sale to be held by Tajan in Paris includes a number of pieces by one of the master craftsmen of the Art Nouveau movement – Louis Majorelle.

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Eiffel tower gouache among René Gruau works at Tajan in Paris

19 April 2019

This gouache is one of around 10 drawings, watercolours and gouaches by René Gruau, the Italian-born fashion illustrator who was renowned for his Paris haute couture and promotional illustrations, which will feature in Tajan’s Paris auction of modern drawings on May 15.

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International previews: Potential stars of Paris' Asian art series including a Vietnamese silk robe at Aguttes

03 December 2018

December is one of two key periods in the French calendar when the auction houses concentrate their sales of Asian art. Pictured here is a selection of highlights and unusual pieces coming up for sale this month in the Paris rooms.

Leonardo da Vinci drawing auction

Tajan to offer Leonardo drawing after ‘national treasure’ deadline expires

14 November 2018

French auction house Tajan has announced a date next year for the sale of the Leonardo da Vinci drawing that it discovered in 2016.

palmwood sideboard by Eugène Printz

Saleroom selection: early design highlights at auction from Lalique lights to Rembrandt Bugatti’s panther

15 June 2018

Recent design sales have generated plenty of dramatic prices for post-war and modern classics, from the Lalannes and Jean Royère to Charlotte Perriand.

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Chiparus figures headline Fischer collection at Tajan

14 May 2018

The eclectic collection of Dr Georg Fischer goes under the hammer at Tajan in its Paris rooms on May 23.

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Auction previews from New York and Paris

05 February 2018

A selection of stand-out lots in upcoming sales.

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